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March 15, 2020

New Mexico Expands Child Care Eligibility, Guarantees

Payments for Child Care Providers During Public Health
SANTA FE – In response to Governor Michelle Lujan
Grisham’s March 11 declaration of a public health
emergency, the Children, Youth, and Families Department
(CYFD) and the Early Childhood Education and Care
Department (ECECD) have made a series of temporary
changes to New Mexico’s early childhood policies. 

“We recognize that New Mexicans face a range of

circumstances and challenges. If you have the flexibility to
stay home with your child, we encourage you to do so. If you
need child care, we are doing everything in our power to
ensure that you have access to healthy and safe care,” said
Early Childhood Education and Care Department Secretary
Elizabeth Groginsky. “New Mexico is fortunate to have child
care providers who are stepping up to support families - and
we are here to support them.” 

Temporary Changes Affecting Children and Families:

• Expanding child care for first responders and
health providers: During the public health emergency,
CYFD will issue full-time child care assistance contracts
to fi rst responders and health providers who need child
care. Please call 1-833-551-0518 to connect with the
state’s child care Resource and Referral line or go to to download a child care assistance
• Enabling family, friends, and neighbors (FFN) to
deliver paid child care services: During the
emergency health declaration, the state will temporarily
register family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers who
may be eligible to receive child care assistance funding;